As promised, here's the explanation of why I was a week late to school: I attended a two week academic seminar in Washington, DC, called Camp David III: Negotiating the Path to Israeli-Palestinian Peace. The program is coordinated by the Washington Center, which is an intern/educational organization separate from Ball State.
Overall, the program was super neat. We spent the first week and a half covering the history of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and the last three days in a peace negotiation simulation. For the simulation each of us represented a real person involved in the conflict. I was Tzipi Livni, who is an Israeli political leader. While the lectures and simulation were interesting, the real value in going to this conference, at least to me, were